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Friday, September 10, 2010

Eat nothing. Do something!

“Eat Nothing. Do Something!”
World Vision 12-hour Famine

There is a child killer among our homes…

As you read, millions of families in the Philippines are going without food; their children go to bed hungry every night.

In the next seven seconds another hungry child will die—nearly 5 million in a year.
An underweight child is four times more likely to die of a disease compared to a well-nourished child.

Hunger is one of the leading child killers in our world.

What are we doing about it?


Luckily for you reading this, hunger is not a life threatening concern.

You’ve never had to face the horror of helplessly going without food for days or weeks on end.
But for millions in countries like Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and even the Philippines, the painful, weakening feeling of hunger is an ordeal they must negotiate every single day to survive.

More than 1 billion people worldwide experience hunger daily. In the Philippines about 4 million households go hungry or eat only the bare minimum of food to keep themselves alive.

A hungry mind is incapable of concentrating, a hungry body cannot work productively, a hungry child loses all desire to study and play.

When was the last time you skipped a meal? How long do you think
you can go without food… 2 hours… 6 hours… 12 hours?

Before you take your next meal, please stop and consider what you can do to help these children.

World Vision 12-hour Famine

In response to the screaming global hunger problem, World Vision Philippines is doing the “12-hour Famine” campaign, a global youth movement against hunger and poverty.

The same Famine campaign is being done worldwide: the 30-hour Famine in the US, the 40-hour Famine in Australia and New Zealand, and the 24-hour Famine in the United Kingdom, to name a few.

The “12-hour Famine” challenges and empowers youth from high schools, colleges and universities; and members of orgs to help hungry children have food on their table by raising funds and donations in whatever way they can. Imagine if thousands of youth would pitch in… how many children do you think we can feed? Even the smallest contribution counts!

And then, they will all come together in one event and experience a 12-hour “famine”—that is to go on voluntary fasting from food for 12-hours. On empty stomachs, these thousands of Filipino youth will lend their voices in a united effort to stand up against hunger and poverty.

By going hungry for 12 hours, participants gain a deeper understanding of how it’s actually like to go without food. Their sacrifice allows them a glimpse of hunger— an everyday reality for millions of Filipinos today.

The “12-hour Famine” will happen on November 6, from 9am to 9pm at the Flying V Arena in San Juan.

On that day, the 12-hour fasting period will be devoted to activities other than eating to fill the void of hunger.

For 12 hours there will be educational sessions and talks on poverty issues, inspiring video presentations, prayer time, games, talent showcases from different groups, and a big, festive concert World Vision celebrity supporters.

This is your chance to do something relevant for the country and the world. All it takes is a little sacrifice.

Eat nothing. Do something. Join the “12-hour Famine”!

To register dial 8-FAMINE or log on to www.worldvision.org.ph/famine. Visit the World Vision Famine facebook site and be updated on what’s happening next on the “Famine”.
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